Side Street Style: Feeling Overwhelmed? A Minimalist Lifestyle May Help

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19/02/2018

Feeling Overwhelmed? A Minimalist Lifestyle May Help




There are many people who believe that cutting down on the clutter in your surroundings can help you to cut down on the chaos you feel in your mind. If you have a home that is filled to the brim with belongings, you may be overwhelmed and feel trapped without even knowing it. The following guide walks you through a few things to know about living a minimalist lifestyle.

Why Do People Choose a Minimalist Lifestyle?

There are some people who choose to live a minimalist lifestyle so that they can focus on things that they feel are important in their lives. The fewer items you have to take care of, the more time you can focus on other things.

Some people choose to live as minimalists so that they can use their money more efficiently. Being able to save their money and allows people to be able to go and do things that they would not be able to do if they lived a lavish lifestyle that required them to spend massive amounts of money on belongings instead of experiences.




How Can You Start a Minimalist Approach to Life?

If you feel that minimalism may be a good option for you, consider starting off small. The first thing you can do is chose to invest in items that are efficient and serve multiple purposes. You can choose to have dimmable lighting installed in your house so that you do not need to have ample lamps placed throughout the rooms. Lighting that can be dimmed allows you to have ample or low lighting in the house as needed.

Invest in furniture that can serve multiple purposes so that you can have fewer items within the house. Items that nest or fold up are often great for a minimalist household. Rather than having a guest room in a minimalist house, someone may choose to have a futon, foldout couch, or Murphy bed available for guests to sleep on.




Reevaluate the Belongings that You Have

When you want to live a minimalist lifestyle, that means that you have to get rid of items in your home that do not serve a purpose. Most minimalists do not have clutter and Knick knacks throughout their house. They have only items that they actually need so that there are not ample things to dust that never get used.

Go through your belongings and consider what items you have not used recently or that do not serve a purpose. You can have a yard sale to get rid of them or donate them to a local charity so that someone else can enjoy them if they are not damaged. While everything in your house needs to serve a purpose when you are a minimalist, you also need to make sure that you do not have a surplus of the useful items. If you do not have dinner parties often, you do not need to have a ten-piece place setting stored in your cupboards. Evaluating what you really need will make decluttering your house easier.

If you want to start living a minimalist lifestyle, it is best to start off slowly. Get rid of a few items every week until your home reaches the minimalist look that makes you feel most comfortable. Once your home feels less cluttered, you should notice that you feel less overwhelmed overall. Freeing up space in your home may be able to help you free up some space in your mind, as well.



10 comments:

  1. After reading this, I honestly think I might be able to live a minimalist lifestyle. My house in particular is definitely in need of a de-clutter. I'm going to revisit this, thank you!

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    1. I think even just de-cluttering is good for the soul - you will feel better for it

      Laura x

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  2. I've seen many bloggers posting about minimalism. Not sure i could do it myself

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    1. I think people can do it in their own way and even just de-cluttering can have a big improvement on feeling more calm

      Laura x

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  3. I've always wondered about living a minimalist life. I'm not sure if I'm able to do it as of right now, but I'm going to start off with a declutter! Thank you for the tips!

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    1. Yes I think just having a declutter is really good and you will feel lighter and more organised because of it

      Laura x

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  5. Aw, this was a very good post. Finding the time and actual
    effort to make a good article… but what can I
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  6. I love the whole minimalist look, we are trying to declutter but I have real trouble letting go of sentimental items. Any advice? xx

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    1. It can be hard to let go but I just keep thinking do I really need it, is it useful, does it make me happy - it needs to answer those things to stay

      Laura x

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